Tobacco Industry’s T.O.T.A.L. Interference (2018)

Authors: Lisa Henriksen and Maggie Mahoney Swedish Match and the National Association of Tobacco Outlets launched a website in 2016 that encourages retailers and policy makers to oppose regulating the tobacco retail environment.1 2 T.O.T.A.L., an acronym for Tobacco Ordinances – Take Another Look, features talking points for defeating U.S. state and local efforts to restrict […]

Tobacco Product Regulation and Tobacco Industry Interference (2018)

Author: Hanbing Guo Abstract China’s Tobacco Monopoly Law grants the State Tobacco Monopoly Administration (STMA)/China National Tobacco Corporation (CNTC) power to devise and enact any and all regulations related to tobacco products. Rather than strengthening regulations on the contents of tobacco products, STMA/CNTC has instead launched the “low tar, low harm” campaign, despite the mountain of […]

Avoiding “A Massive Spin-Off Effect in West Africa and Beyond”: The Tobacco Industry Stymies Tobacco Control in Nigeria (2017)

Authors: Catherine Egbe et al. Abstract Background: Nigeria plays important economic and political roles in Africa and is a significant market for the tobacco industry. This study describes the tobacco industry’s efforts to block Nigeria’s early tobacco control attempts, especially the Tobacco Smoking (Control) Decree 20 of 1990, and efforts to strengthen the Decree in […]

WHO Urges Countries to Fight Tobacco Industry’s Interference (2017)

Author:  Anne Gulland The tobacco industry continues to “hamper” government efforts to curb smoking by threatening litigation and attempting to undermine scientific evidence when tobacco control policies are introduced, the World Health Organization has warned.1 In its latest report on global tobacco use WHO looks at countries’ adherence to its Framework Convention on Tobacco Control […]

SEATCA Tobacco Industry Interference Index: A tool for measuring implementation of WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Article 5.3 (2016)

Authors:  Mary Assunta & Ulysses Dorotheo Abstract Objective To measure the implementation of WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) Article 5.3 at country level using a new Tobacco Industry Interference Index and to report initial results using this index in seven Southeast Asian countries. Methods Score sheet based on WHO FCTC Article 5.3 Guidelines sent to […]

The Devil is in the Detail: Tobacco Industry Political Influence in the Dutch Implementation of the 2001 EU Tobacco Products Directive (2016)

Authors: Jessamina Lih Yan Lie et al. Abstract Introduction: The Dutch implementation of the black border provision in the 2001 European Union Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) is studied to examine the implications of tobacco industry involvement in the implementation phase of the policy process. Methods: A qualitative analysis was conducted of Dutch government documents obtained through Freedom […]

Tobacco Industry Interference with Tobacco Control Policies in Poland: Legal Aspects and Industry Practices (2016)

Authors: Łukasz Balwicki et al. Abstract Background: Since 2006, when Poland ratified the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), there have been efforts to improve tobacco control regulation in the country. At the same time, at the European Union level, Poland took part in discussions over revision of the Tobacco Tax Directive and the Tobacco […]

What Hinders Implementation of the WHO FCTC Article 5.3? – The Case of South Korea (2015)

Author: Sungkyu Lee               Abstract The aims of this study are to identify what hinders implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) Article 5.3 in Korea, and to provide suggestions for the implementation of Article 5.3. Official governmental documents on tobacco control were reviewed. We also searched news […]

The Revision of the 2014 European Tobacco Products Directive: An Analysis of the Tobacco Industry’s Attempts to ‘Break the Health Silo’ (2015)

Authors: Silvy Peeters et al. Abstract Background: The 2014 European Union (EU) Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) was negotiated in a changed policy context, following adoption of the EU’s ‘Smart Regulation’ agenda, which transnational tobacco companies (TTCs) anticipated would increase their influence on health policy, and the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), which sought […]

Exposing and Addressing Tobacco Industry Conduct in Low-income and Middle-Income Countries (2015)

Authors: Anna Gilmore et al. Summary The tobacco industry’s future depends on increasing tobacco use in low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs), which face a growing burden of tobacco-related disease, yet have potential to prevent full-scale escalation of this epidemic. To drive up sales the industry markets its products heavily, deliberately targeting non-smokers and keeps prices […]